Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 4 Mui Wo, HK

We enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and the five minute walk to catch the 10:00 ferry to Central, Hong Kong. The 50 minute trip into Hong Kong harbour is stunning and a snip at $22.60 HK return per person (divide by 6 to get Canadian dollars).

It's hot, humid and hazy as we do some sightseeing starting with the world's longest elevator:
"The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System in Hong Kong is the world's longest covered escalator system, according to Guinness World Records. The system, consisting of covered walkways, 20 reversible one-way escalators and three travelators, has the capacity to accommodate 210,600 passengers a day, and helps residents and visitors alike to make the 800-metre journey from Central to Mid-Levels, or vice versa, on a toll-free basis. "
Next to the The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG): " It is located on the northern slope of Victoria Peak with a highest point of 100 metres and a lowest point of 62 metres above sea level. HKZBG, occupies an area of 5.6 hectares was founded in 1871 as a Botanic Garden and renamed in 1975 as Botanical and Zoological Gardens to reflect the increased commitments to zoological exhibits. Construction works of the Garden started in 1860 and the first stage was opened to the public in 1864. "
Unfortunately, the aviaries are closed to the public as they are monitoring an avian flu episode.
Quick visit to St John's Cathedral on Garden Road. It is the second oldest building in Hong Kong the first Anglican service being held on Sunday 11th March 1849.

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